It’s not a glitch in the system that you picture a house with a nice little fence around. It’s also not a commodity invented by fencing companies to feel useful. Fencing goes way back in our collective consciousness.
Fences provide a lot of utility and form the foundation of civilized society. In a quiet suburban neighborhood, a privacy fence gives that extra feeling of home.
The purpose of these fences isn’t to keep others out so much as to provide a small physical and mental box of ‘your territory’. Just consider how much the back yard feels private and the front yard seems to be a public affair.
Read on to learn more about privacy fence options and styles.
Privacy Fence Types
Fencing can serve multiple purposes at the same time. A privacy fence’s main purpose is to provide yard privacy, a nook that’s less visible from the outside.
They can also provide shade, energy, security, and containment for pets (or children).
The material you chose for a fence adds to the aesthetic and also determines factors such as strength. longevity, and ease of maintenance. The following are the most popular fencing materials and why they make excellent choices.
An environmentally friendly material that provides a lot of light and sight blocking.
It gives a warm, tropical aesthetic that is best installed in warm climates.
Vinyl is easy to paint and easy to clean. You can get a wider array of colors with less Maintainance.
Vinyl holds up well to the weather but it doesn’t look as rich and inviting as other options.
It’s strong, comes in a bunch of different strains (from oak to pine to cedar and beyond). Each wood provides different strengths and aesthetics.
Wood is more expensive than the other two options and requires maintenance to avoid warping and weathering.
In addition to materials, the types of privacy fence are determined by the design. These design options vary in how much privacy they provide, their usual height, and the overall cost of the fence.
- Convex – Side by side planks arranged in a wave. The spacing of blanks is customizable to taste.
- Dog-eared – Side by side planks offset for texture. The top of each board is shaped, hence the name.
- Shadowbox – Offset alternating planks of identical height. It covers twice the distance with the same materials.
- Lattice – Narrow boards that criss-cross. Highly appealing, like a chain-link of boards.
- Stockade – Side by side planks ringed with spikes on top. It’s more a security fence and provides a Gothic touch.
- Picket – Narrow planks in a row with a gap between each plank. A traditional option but provides limited view blocking.
Variations of color are possible, depending on the material and you can mix and match designs in some instances.
The cost of a privacy fence is a calculation between the materials, the design, and how much space is covered. Most estimates will be in a per foot. Remember that a fence is also an investment that adds resale value to the home.
Build Your Own
Getting a privacy fence installed is a great way to make a home distinct. Check out the different style options and you’re sure to find something you love.
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